Here on Maryland’s Eastern Shore is where Harriet Tubman’s story began. The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway shares the remarkable stories of Tubman and other freedom seekers who risked their lives to escape slavery in the 1800s. With more than 30 sites in Dorchester and Caroline Counties — including the new Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center (set to open in March 2017) — the self-guided driving tour shows you the places where Tubman grew up, worshiped, labored, and led others to freedom.

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Guided tour of Tubman sites August 27

Chesapeake Tours and Promotions hosts the Faith, Family, Freedom guided tour on Saturday, August 27, following in the footprints of abolitionist Harriet Tubman’s life as a child, young adult, and conductor on the Underground Railroad. Tour Dorchester County with a trained Harriet Tubman tour guide. Itinerary allows for lunch stop. Lunch is not included.  Joint offering with Camp Odyssey. $50 per person; includes round-trip transportation, full day of guided tours, and admissions. Book your tour at www.chesapeaketourplanner.com/tours.

‘The View North’ gives inside look at Tubman Visitor Center

Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center Chris Elcock, the lead architect behind the design of the new Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center, gave a presentation about the building’s hidden symbolism in July. Writer Jim Duffy writes about the presentation. Read the story. The Visitor Center is scheduled to have its grand opening on March 10, 2017 in Church Creek, Maryland.

Harriet Tubman to be featured on new $20 bill

Harriet Tubman’s legacy continues to grow with the news that the U.S. Treasury will redesign the $20 bill to feature Tubman’s face on the front. She becomes the first woman in more than 100 years and the first African-American woman to be featured on U.S. currency. We think this shows the power of her story of courage and selflessness, and how it speaks to people of all ages and circumstances all over the country and the world.

Tubman Visitor Center to open in March 2017

Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor CenterThe Maryland Park Service and the National Park Service are building the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center close to the lands where Harriet Tubman lived and labored. The 17-acre complex will be located on Route 335 near Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in Cambridge, Maryland. Read more.

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Harriet Tubman Byway VideoIn the meantime, you can learn about the 30+ sites along the Tubman Byway by ordering a free hardcopy version of our Tubman Byway Map & Guide (click the button below) or downloading the Audio Guide. See what there is to do along the Tubman Byway with this video.


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